heptapod writes: Harvard roboticists are close to mimicking cephalopod camouflage in a lab. This latest bit of bio-mimicry involves soft, silicone-based robots with a web of tiny channels flowing through their silicone skin. Going further, incorporating the muscle structure of cephalopods opens up an entirely new world of flexible, self-camouflaging robotics. More can be found at Harvard's website.
heptapod writes: The long anticipated port of the popular video game distribution service Steam is finally coming to Linux. Michael Larabel shares an email sent in of a reader's exchange with Gabe Newell, and Mike confirms he already knew but was asked not to announce it. Since Valve won't be announcing Half Life 3, it's a strong possibility this will be their presentation at E3.
heptapod writes: Smartphones are changing the way people interact with each other and a recent survey shows some brands are indicative of one's lifestyle. Not only are Android users more likely to put out on the first date, iPhone users have more sex overall. Also discovered is frequent tweeters tend to have relationships shorter than 140 characters.
heptapod writes: In the midst of one of Leonardo's treatises upon the mechanics of the flight of birds, a nose was discovered. With the help of free software Amelia Carolina Sparavigna has teased a face from the pages of history. ArxivBlog has the summary for art majors. Her methods and all the details are freely available at arxiv.
heptapod writes: AppleInsider reports that iPad users visiting the New York Post website are directed to the App Store to pay for the ability to browse their site that non iPad users can view for free.
heptapod writes: This week Opera became the first non-native browser available through the Mac app store. Apple has gone ahead and given it a 17+ rating for "Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes". Jan Standal at Opera was ">quoted "I'm very concerned. Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18."
heptapod writes: The Supreme Court unanimously decided (PDF) Monday that AT&T can't keep embarrassing corporate information that it submits to the government out of public view; “personal privacy” rights do not apply to corporations. “We trust that AT&T will not take it personally” concluded the ruling.
heptapod writes: "Slashdot reported earlier about Google's Chrome notebook and keen-eyed readers would have noticed the lack of a caps lock key. "According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments.""